Friday, April 26, 2013

Am I attractive enough for a television job?

If you've asked yourself this question and aren't sure, this should prove how subjective appearance is...

People Magazine has named Gwyneth Paltrow as the most beautiful woman on the planet.

(Yeah, I know. Words fail me too.)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Am I good enough for a network job?

If you've asked yourself this question and aren't sure, this might clear things up...

Monday, April 22, 2013

In times like these, it's okay to be an American on the air

I went to a seminar about two weeks after 9/11. The topic of patriotism came up, as many stations (including mine) had either put up flags on the set or decorated them in red, white and blue. Some had on-air staff members wear flag pins or ribbons. Our station never received a single complaint. No one had a problem with the show of patriotism.

Well, almost.

One person at the seminar said she found such displays of patriotism "offensive." Most of us couldn't believe anyone could make such a statement.

So here we are again, twelve years later.

Of course, we now have an unwritten "policy" that people in the sports department can wear flag pins, patriotic ties, or whatever. But for some reason it's considered "inappropriate" for someone in the news department to do so, because it might constitute "bias."

Oh, please.

Let me get this straight... the news business has become incredibly biased in the last ten  years, so much so that our trust level has reached that of used car salesmen and lawyers, yet we would appear "biased" if we literally wore our patriotism on our sleeves? How hypocritical is that?

If I were a News Director today I'd be fine with anyone who wanted to wear an American Flag pin. And if any viewer was somehow offended, I'd remind them what country they're living in.

Political correctness has done a ton of damage to this country. We don't need to make it any worse by denying our patriotism.

Because that's one thing that doesn't demand objectivity.